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CLARITY – 7-30-18 It’s Anybody’s Guess

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-30-18

 

It’s Anybody’s Guess

 

What’s Happening:  “100 days out and it still depends on whom you talk to…blue ripple or red (nobody’s talking wave). What’s at stake? Only the economy, the Supreme Court, immigration policy, our relationship with Iran, the denuclearization of North Korea, etc. If you think it’s hard for the Congress to get anything done now, just wait until the Executive branch and the Legislative branch are of differing parties! Right now, it looks amazingly like November of 2016 (http://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/399399-buckle-your-seatbelts-for-100-days-of-political-drama-before-midterms).  Quoting the above article by Lloyd green, ‘Already, 2020 Democratic hopefuls, such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and Bernie Sanders have embraced the siren song of abolishing or reexamining ICE. If their views become dominant between now and November, the Republicans may yet snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What does it really matter, anyway?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Did you not pay attention to what I said about what is at stake? This election may be the most pivotal one since…since…the last one. Actually. the most accurate predictor-poll may be the “Right Track-Wrong Track”poll. Most folks like the track we’re on.

 

“Christians? Although I’m not a fatalist (someone who believes the die is already cast – that we can’t affect an inevitable future), the Scriptures do talk about God determining who’s in charge (Prov. 16:9, 33) and where the king’s focus shall be (Prov. 21:1). Sure, He may know what decision we’ll make, but what has that got to do with free will? When you put time in the mix, it changes everything!”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be proactive, regardless of our political bent; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 3-10-18 Not Just Uncool but Dangerous

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-10-18

 

Not Just Uncool but Dangerous

 

What’s Happening:  “There was a lot at risk this week in Oakland, California (a declared ‘sanctuary state’): Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s reputation and personal freedom (she could even be arrested); President Trump’s and Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s reputation (they filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Federal Government against the state of California); the fate of felonious illegal immigrants (some of whom heeded the mayor’s warning that ICE was coming); not to mention the lives of the ICE officers and other law enforcement personnel who made the raids (https://www.yahoo.com/news/oakland-mayor-dings-trump-calls-031949115.html?.tsrc=jtc_news_index). ‘How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of our law enforcement officers to promote a radical open-borders agenda?’ AG Jeff Sessions said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It’s like the time just before the Civil War, huh?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Hopefully, it’s only a battle of words and lawsuits…you know, States’ Rights vs. Federal Rights (which was the real reason behind the original American Civil War, 157 years ago…slavery was just an expression of that). We haven’t heard the end of this conflict, but we have postponed it for awhile…lawsuits are ponderously slow.”

 

“Christians?  Respect for authority is supposed to be a hallmark of the godly (1 Tim. 2:1-3). That is not to say righteous disobedience is forbidden…just that the risk of incarceration must be considered…as Daniel Boone once responded to a reporter’s question if he could give the secret to his never being lost, he said, ‘Be sure you’re right…then go ahead.’ I give the Mayor of Oakland the same advice (I’m not saying she’s right or wrong); just be willing to bare the consequences of your actions.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help all parties above to just breathe…surely, there is an accommodation that can be made that is both merciful and just; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY -1-11-18 Fear Works

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-11-18

 

Fear Works

 

What’s Happening:  “The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted raids of 98 7-Elevens in 17 states (making 21 arrests). That and Trump’s tough talk on immigration during the campaign has reduced illegal border crossings since his election(today’s numbers are the lowest since 1971). Calling the recent outreach to both parties on creating a solution for DACA (the so-called ‘dreamers’)immigrants a ‘bill of love,’ Trump seems to be having a little compassion for those brought to America by parents seeking illegal work…much to conservatives’ consternation (https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/11/577271488/ice-targets-7-eleven-stores-in-nationwide-immigration-raids). ‘Today’s actions send a strong message to U.S. businesses that hire and employ an illegal workforce: ICE will enforce the law, and if you are found to be breaking the law, you will be held accountable,’ said ICE Deputy Director Thomas D. Homan.”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “Some of them really do want work.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Of course. That’s not the point. The fact that most illegals have a good work ethic, or just want to feed their families, etc., is not the point, either. What is the point? Don’t we need cheap labor? Yes, but you only have a country when you can control who gets admitted. If that means more raids, or employer discipline, or even a wall, so be it. No employer likes paying more for good help. Believe me I know (talk to me sometime about the illegals who worked hard at reasonable wages, who paid good money for SS numbers that were fake…that I had to fire in my landscape business). The point is that low wages keep finished products at artificially low prices. And those jobs should be going to those who are citizen-taxpayers. It might make prices go up, but taxes will go down because the demand for support services will go down, too (free education, food stamps, etc.).

 

“Christians? We want to be merciful, but we want to respect the law, too (Heb. 13:16-17). We can and should do both. When the Church allows the government to be the main or sole source of help, we promote their valueless  handouts. At least we preach a Gospel that can transform more than a hungry body or mind…how about ministering to the soul? The government can’t do that and still be neutral…hmmm.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our leaders to promote what is right and deter what is wrong. Help us to do that, too; in Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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